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Time Stamps:

  • 00:26 – Justin’s journey through adversity to being a sales leader
  • 05:18 – How a life-threatening injury inspired a career in sales
  • 09:28 – Why are sellers disengaged?
  • 12:58 – Assessing where to focus coaching efforts
  • 15:26 – A framework for coaching
  • 20:48 – How leaders can bring about repeatability 
  • 25:58 – Overcoming the challenge of consistent quota attainment
  • 27:54 – Changing the culture of businesses
  • 30:44 – What is making a difference for high performers today?
  • 34:25 – Justin’s book recommendations: The Score Takes Care of Itself and Zero to Club (unreleased)

Highlights:

Why Are Sellers Disengaged?

From Justin’s own lived experience, and what he has witnessed from those he has coached, he has determined that the number one driver of happiness is progress. If there is a lack of progress, there is a lack of happiness. In order to encourage progress, it is important to coach people to become high performers, not just help them hit quota. 

A Framework for Coaching

Many companies are good at training their reps, but coaching, implementing, and integrating the trained material is difficult. In order to coach individuals, Justin shares a framework that he utilizes: Tell, Show, Observe, Coach, Repeat. Often, in order to improve reps’ performance, leaders poke holes in their processes, which is not beneficial. Instead, according to Justin, they need to show them what the best practices are, by demonstrating an example after explaining what they should be doing. Then, they should create a role play scenario, and observe the rep in using that process. Then they coach by giving feedback based on the observations. The final step, repeat, is most important. Nobody can be transformed in thirty minutes, and repetition helps behaviors stick, but this is often where companies fail.

Bringing About Repeatability

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